A glimpse into a extraordinary collection of American illustrated books.
Better known as an art collector, Paul Mellon was also one of America's premier book collectors of the late 20th century.America Pictured to the Life: Illustrated Works from the Paul Mellon Bequest explores the extraordinary range of American illustrated books that Mr. Mellon's estate gave to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The catalog ranges from 16th-century accounts of early European exploration through late 19th-century American children's literature. Works depicting American cities and historical events are accompanied by illustrated trade literature, art and architectural manuals, and works of entertainment. Illustrated in full color, the catalog includes commentary on more than 100 items from the Mellon bequest.